Jesse Ann Miller - Indiana Interview by Claire Plath Nomination by Ann Miller Photography by Connie Etter Issue 30 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Marching Band, Drumline, Cross Country, Track and Field, Diving and soon to be ten years in 4H. Her fine art drawings have gone to the Indiana State 4H fair competition and won Blue ribbons. Jesse Miller has been involved in many activities and academics at Martinsville High School and in Morgan County. She consistently been on the A/B honor roll all four years of school, while being involved in extracurricular activities. Jesse volunteers at the Martinsville middle school food pantry and is active member of JAG at Martinsville High School She works lifeguards at the school and at the Martinsville city park pool in the summer. She enjoys youth activities at church and spending time drawing and playing with her basset-hounds Cleo and Bella. Jesse will be studying in France this summer as part of Indiana University honors program study abroad program. She has participated in the 4H Queen contest and also in the Fall Foliage Festival Queen contest. She works lifeguarding at Martinsville High School and at the Martinsville City Park Pool in the summer.
Photography by Dave Mckenna Photography
What activities and academics are you involved in at your school and in your community? Marching Band, Concert Band, 4-H, Jobs for America's Graduates
Tell me a little bit about your passions for art and music, and what instrument you enjoy playing the most. I can play an assortment of percussion instruments, but my favorite things to play are marimba and vibraphone.
How have you been able to manage all the extracurricular activities you are involved in, while also being on A/B honor role at your school? A lot of hard work and long nights. Sometimes it means I had to sacrifice practice times or other school assignments to focus on specific assignments.
Can you elaborate more on what your plans are after you graduate high school, and what you are looking forward to the most about majoring in marine biology? I want to go to a college of my choosing, preferably one with a marching band. I want to continue doing band as a hobby. As far as marine biology, I'm excited to learn new things about marine life and marine ecosystems.
What is your most memorable experience you have gained through one of your passions in life? In my first year of marching band, I gained so much confidence in my music ability and social ability.
Photography by Dave Mckenna Photography
How are you an inspiration to many by extending yourself to others by being your true self? By being myself and using my unique sense of humor, I feel I have shown others that young women don't always have a specific "mold." The media has created a mold for young women that is "smart, strong, independent, and perfect," but the thing is, nobody is perfect. My flaws are just as big a part of my personality as my strengths, and I have no shame in that. Flaws are what make us relatable and well-rounded people.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever accomplished, and how did you do it? Being the only one in my class freshman year to achieve three varsity letters during the 2016-2017 school year. I excelled at the sports I did and earned my letters all year.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? Don't let others change you.
Do you have a hidden talent? What is it? I can clover my tongue
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate? I use time management, a lot of critical thinking, and I use stress as motivation to get things done.
3 Things on your bucket list See all of Europe, Be in the Saturday Night Live Audience Swim with a whale
Who do you find inspiring? Kate McKinnon, my favorite actor on Saturday Night Live.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I think I open people’s minds when it comes to thinking about how society is ran. I also have a unique style.
Jesse will be featured in Issue 30 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!